Today in History
Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his final trip to the New World.
The first newspaper cartoon in America appears.
Union General John Sedgwick is shot and killed by a Confederate sharpshooter during fighting at Spotsylvania. His last words are: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--"
Threatened by the advancing French army, the Austrian army retreats across the River Sesia in Italy.
German and French forces fight the Battle of Artois.
Fascist Italy captures the city of Addis Abba, Ethiopia and annexes the country.
The German submarine U-110 is captured at sea along with its Enigma machine by the Royal Navy.
King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy abdicates his throne and is replaced by Umberto I.
A laser beam is successfully bounced off the moon for the first time.
The House Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment.